The Age of Innocence The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

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Publisher Description

Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic and beautiful 30-year-old cousin. Ellen has returned to New York from Europe after scandalously separating herself (per rumor) from a bad marriage to a Polish count. At first, Ellen's arrival and its potential taint on the reputation of his bride-to-be's family disturb Newland, but he becomes intrigued by the worldly Ellen, who flouts New York society's fastidious rules. As Newland's admiration for the countess grows, so does his doubt about marrying May, a perfect product of Old New York society; his match with May no longer seems the ideal fate he had imagined. Ellen's decision to divorce Count Olenski causes a social crisis for the other members of her family, who are terrified of scandal and disgrace. Living apart can be tolerated, but divorce is unacceptable. To save the Welland family's reputation, a law partner of Newland asks him to dissuade Countess Olenska from divorcing the count. He succeeds, but in the process comes to care for her; afraid of falling in love with Ellen, Newland begs May to accelerate their wedding date, but she refuses. Newland tells Ellen he loves her; Ellen corresponds, but is horrified that their love will aggrieve May. She agrees to remain in America, separated but still married to Count Olenski, only if they do not sexually consummate their love. Newland receives May's telegram agreeing to wed sooner. Newland and May marry. He tries unsuccessfully to forget Ellen. His society marriage is loveless, and the social life he once found absorbing has become empty and joyless. Though Ellen lives in Washington and has remained distant, he is unable to cease loving her. Their paths cross while he and May are in Newport, Rhode Island. Newland discovers that Count Olenski wishes Ellen to return to him, but she has refused, although her family wants her to reconcile with her husband and return to Europe. Frustrated by her independence, the family has cut off her money, as the count had already done.

GENRE
Romance
RELEASED
1920
January 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
417
Pages
PUBLISHER
Public Domain
SELLER
Public Domain
SIZE
279.1
KB

Customer Reviews

Umasub ,

Age of innocence by Edith Wharton

I agree that the ending is disappointing. But the beauty of this book is in the language and the subtle humor when she takes digs at the social norms of the time. Loved the movie too, especially Jodie foster. A really classic book and equally classic movie.

dickenslover ,

Very interesting and thoughtful book

It is wonderful how Wharton paints a most life-like picture for us. The struggles of Archer are what we all experience, and the ending? It’s special-though romantic’s probably won’t like it, it’s true. Altogether a wonderful adventure, would definitely recommend.

bgretch ,

The Age of Innocence

A great book about the morals and manners of the Gilded age.

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